Last Saturday was the annual London Perl Workshop. I’ll have more to say about the day later, but I just wanted to take the time to share the slides for the workshop that I ran in the morning. It was a quick guide to modern Perl web development. And, as far as I’m concerned, that basically means PSGI and Plack.
Update: People asked me to put the example PSGI apps from the workshop online somewhere. They’re now all on github. Let me know if you find them at all useful.
 Executive summary: a wonderful day, thanks to everyone who was involved – particularly Mark Keating.
Yesterday was the London Perl Workshop. As always it was a fabulous day packed full of great talks about Perl. Thanks to the organisers for all the work they put in.
I gave the keynote speech first thing in the morning. The talk was called The “M” Word and it was an overview of how the Perl community has started to get to grips with the problem of marketing over the last year.
Here are the slides:
The London Perl Workshop is getting closer. It’s on Saturday 5th December at the University of Westminster’s Cavendish Street Campus (the same place it’s been for the last few years).
The schedule was announced a couple of days ago and, at always, it looks like a great line-up. I’m particularly pleased to see that Tatsuhiko Miyagawa will be there talking about Plack and PSGI (although, slightly less pleased to see that it clashes with a presentation that I’m involved with).
I’m going to be involved in a few things at the workshop. They’ve invited me to give the keynote again, so I’m giving a talk called The “M” Word. Later in the day I’m giving a two hour tutorial called The Professional Programmer which will discuss some of the practicalities of working in the IT industry (this is largely aimed at the university’s students but others will also be welcome). Finally, towards the end of the day, I’ll be speaking alongside Matt Trout, Curtis Poe and Ed Freyfogle on a panel called Skills in the Workplace.
The LPW is always a great day. I hope you’ll come along and join in. Oh, and even if you can’t make it you can pretend you were there by buying one of the workshop t-shirts.
I spent some time over the weekend adding events to the london.pm group on Facebook. If you’re on face book, then joining the group is a good way to keep up to date with what london.pm is doing. But for the three of you who aren’t on Facebook, here’s a summary of what I added.
There’s a technical meeting this coming Thursday. More details (and sign-up) on the web page. It’s being held in a pub on Queensway.
Then on October 8th there is the monthly london.pm social meeting. This will be in The Gunmakers in Clerkenwell. I believe that a breakaway sect of London Perl Mongers will be holding a heretical meeting on October 1st, but you’d need to ask them for details of the venue.
But the big news is the announcement of the date of this year’s London Perl Workshop. It will be on December 5th at the usual venue (the University of Westminster’s Cavendish Road building). The organisers are already taking talk submissions, so if you want to share your knowledge with a large number of Perl hackers (we usually get a couple of hundred people there) then please sign up and submit a proposal.
And a couple of plugs for non-london.pm events. On October 15th, miltonkeynes.pm will be having a technical meeting and I’ll be speaking there. Somehow I got talked into giving two presentations so I’ll be speaking on “Teaching Perl – Experiences,
Anecdotes and Vague Conclusions” and “How I maintain
my CPAN modules”.
Finally, I’m running three days of Perl training at the Imperial Hotel in Russell Square, London in November. The three days are completely separate courses, but they are arranged so that you can come to all three – although going from complete beginner to the advanced course in three days might be a bit of a stretch. The three courses are:
- 24th Nov – Beginners Perl
- 25th Nov – Intermediate Perl
- 26th Nov – Advanced Perl
Full details are on my training page and to keep up to date with my forthcoming speaking and training dates you can subscribe to my calendar or join the mailing list.